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9th Barcelona Symposium
3-4 October 2022
Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)

Video recordings of the 2022 symposium will be available online soon. 

Download the symposium’s schedule here

PDF of the printed programme available here.


Talking Galleries is proud to announce that the 9th Barcelona Symposium will return next October 3–4, 2022, at the MACBA auditorium.

With the participation of leading international art world figures including Tom-David Bastok (Perrotin Second Marché), Ilaria Bonacossa (National Museum of Digital Art), Nicolas Bourriaud (curator and philosopher), Anna Carreras (digital artist), Ellen de Bruijne (Ellen de Bruijne Projects), Elvira Dyangani Ose (MACBA), Carles Guerra (artist, curator and art critic), Joe Kennedy (Unit London), Dylan Lessel (Perrotin Second Marché), Anika Meier (NFT expert), Alex Mor (mor charpentier), Beatriz Ordovás (Christie’s), Julia Peyton-Jones (Thaddaeus Ropac gallery), Guillaume Piens (Art Paris), Alain Quemin (Université Paris-8), Giusy Ragosa (Galleria Continua), Andrés Reisinger (digital artist), Miguel Ángel Sánchez (ADN Galeria), Jérôme Sans (Materia) and Kate Vass (Kate Vass Galerie) who will debate alongside Andrew Goldstein (Artnet News), Paco Barragán (curator and PhD), Pau Waelder (Niio), Llucià Homs (Talking Galleries) and Farah Nayeri (The New York Times).

After the two-year pause due to the pandemic, we are thrilled to be back with our flagship meeting for the gallery industry and art professionals.

The Barcelona Symposium is a unique opportunity for prominent art world figures to debate and reflect on various aspects of art gallery management and the market at large. The art world has changed significantly in these past two years. New pressing issues and new concerns have arisen since we last gathered together in early 2020.

Discussion topics in this year’s edition will include the impact of NFTs in the gallery market; inclusiveness in the art world; the booming Parisian art scene; the relationships between art fairs and biennials; gallery practices in the secondary market; innovative projects between art and tech, among other relevant matters in today’s art world agenda.

We very much look forward to new conversations!


DAY 1 – Monday, October 3rd

9.00–9.45 am

Arrival & registration

9.45am – 10 am

Welcome speeches

10 am – 11.15 am
“The Challenges Facing the Art World Today”
Julia Peyton-Jones, Senior Global Director: Special Project,  Thaddaeus Ropac gallery
In conversation with
Farah Nayeri, Author and culture writer, The New York Times


Farah Nayeri

Author and art journalist

Julia Peyton-Jones

British curator and Senior Global Director at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

11am – 11.45am
“Can We Make the Gallery World More Inclusive?”
Elvira Dyangani Ose, Director, MACBA, Barcelona
In conversation with
Carles Guerra, artist, curator, and art critic, Barcelona


11.45 am – 12pm Coffee break

12.10pm – 13.30pm
“NFTs: Now What?”
Panel discussion
Joe Kennedy, Co-Founder, Unit London, London
Beatriz Ordovás, International Senior Director and Head of Digital Art, EMEA & Post-War & Contemporary, Iberia, Christie’s
Kate Vass, Founder and Director, Kate Vass Galerie, Zurich
Andrés Reisinger, digital artist and founder of Reisinger Studio, Barcelona
Moderated by Pau Waelder, Senior Curator, Niio


Joe Kennedy

Co Founder, Unit London, London

Beatriz Ordóvas

International Director, Head of Digital for Europe & Specialist in the 20th Century Art at Christie's Spain

Andrés Reisinger

Digital artist and founder of Reisinger Studio

Kate Vass

Art & Tech Evangelist lArt Collector I Curator I Investor & Advisor

Pau Waelder

Senior Curator at Niio


13.30 pm – 15 pm Lunch break


15.15pm – 15.45pm
“Galleries in the Secondary Market”
Tom-David Bastok, Co-Director, Perrotin Second Marché, Paris
Dylan Lessel, Co-Director, Perrotin Second Marché, Paris

Interviewed by Marc Domènech, Director, Galeria Marc Domènech, Barcelona

Marc Domènech

Founder Galeria Marc Domènech

Dylan Lessel


15.45pm – 17pm
“See it in Venice, Buy it in Basel. Are Biennials the New Art Fairs?”
Panel discussion
Nicolas Bourriaud, art curator, and philosopher, Paris
Ellen de Bruijne, Founding mother, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam
Alex Mor, Co-Founder, mor charpentier, Paris
Moderated by Paco Barragán, curator and PhD


Paco Barragán

Int. Curator and Ph.D.

Nicolas Bourriaud

Art curator | Radicants

Ellen de Bruijne

Art historian and curator

Alex Mor

Co-Founder of mor charpentier


17pm – 17.45pm
“Recent and New Trends for Galleries”
Alain Quemin, Professor of sociology of art and researcher, GEMASS – Sorbonne
Université / Institut Universitaire de France


18 pm – 19 pm Tour to the exhibitions at MACBA


DAY 2 – Tuesday, October 4th

10am – 11.30am
“Art’s New Digital Vanguard: Where We Are & Where Things Are Going”
Panel discussion
Ilaria Bonacossa, Director, National Museum of Digital Art, Milan
Anika Meier, NFTs expert, Berlin
Jérôme Sans, Head of Art Strategy, Materia
Moderated by Andrew Goldstein, Editor-in-Chief, Artnet News


Ilaria Bonacossa

Director of National Museum of Digital Art in Milan

Andrew Goldstein

Editor in Chief of ArtNet News

Anika Meier

Writer and curator specializing in digital art

Jérôme Sans

Head of Arts Strategy, Materia

11.30am – 11.50am Coffee break


11.50am – 13.30pm
“Is Paris the New London?”
Panel discussion
Guillaume Piens, Director, Art Paris, Paris
Alain Quemin, Professor of sociology of art and researcher, GEMASS – Sorbonne
Université / Institut Universitaire de France
Giusy Ragosa, Director, Galleria Continua, Paris
Moderated by Farah Nayeri, Author and culture writer, New York Times


Farah Nayeri

Author and art journalist

Guillaume Piens

Director of Art Paris

Giusy Ragosa

Director of Galleria Continua, Paris

12.30 pm – 15 pm Lunch break


15.15 – 15.45pm
“The Resilient Collector: Behaviors and Trends Shaping the Art Market in 2022”
Carine Karam, VP Global Sales & Partnerships, Artsy
In collaboration with Artsy

Carine Karam

Vice President of Global Sales & Partnerships at Artsy


16pm – 17.15pm
“Do Artists Need Galleries to Sell their Work?” (Talk in Spanish)
Panel discussion
Anna Carreras, digital artist, Barcelona
Miguel Ángel Sánchez, ADN Galeria, Barcelona
Moderated by Llucià Homs, Director, Talking Galleries

Anna Carreras

Generative artist and creative coder

17.15pm – 17.45pm
Closing Remarks
Paco Barragán, curator and PhD


Paco Barragán

Int. Curator and Ph.D.


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